Fiona Busfield

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How languages shape economics

Half of the world's population is bilingual or multilingual, with over 6,000 different languages spoken in the world today. But language is much more …

Want to improve your child's language skills? Then let them have NAPS: Sleep helps kids remember new words

If you want your child to improve their language skills, it may be a good idea to let them catch a few extra hours of shut eye.<p>A new study has found …

Sleep

Why did Merriam-Webster add so many words to the dictionary this year?

If the frenzied (and slightly surreal) start to 2017 has left you at a loss for words, worry no more: The language connoisseurs at Merriam-Webster …

Linguistics

How to use the English language’s newest words

How to use the English language’s newest words<p>As if deciphering texts wasn’t hard enough, the Merriam – Webster dictionary updated their word …

What to Do in Paris: A Guide for Every Season

Paris is a great year-round destination, and while many travelers think spring is the best time to visit, the City of Light has plenty of excellent …

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

Thanks to the Norman Conquest and the vogue for all things continental during the Renaissance and beyond, anything from a quarter to a third of all …

Language

Saskatchewan Book Awards announces 2017 shortlist

Saskatchewan authors and publishers are being recognized as the shortlist for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards was announced Thursday.<p>There were 188 …

Working in France: The French job speak you need to know

Here is the journey through work life - from unemployment, to finding a job, enjoying the perks, then losing your job.<p><b>Emploi</b><p>Well, we may as well …

Orangutan squeaks reveal language evolution, says study

<b>Scientists who spent years listening to the communication calls of one of our closest ape relatives say their eavesdropping has shed light on the origin of human language.</b><p>Dr Adriano Reis e Lameira from Durham University recorded and analysed almost 5,000 orangutan "kiss squeaks".<p>He found that the …

Ethnology

How Dare You Call Me a Snollygoster, You Pillock : Cockalorum

Photo: via Budweiser<p><b>Definition</b> - a very stupid or foolish person<p>Pillock (which has also on occasion been spelled pilloch, pillok, and pillick) is one …

Language

New York Is Launching a Citywide Book Club

Unlike watching a movie or seeing a play, reading a book is often a solitary activity. But if you live in New York City and want someone to share …

You'll Never Guess What Europeans Call the @ Sign

5306873263001<p>With competition like this, we need to do better than "At Sign."

7 books by women that will change the way you see the world

Matador Network Editors Matt Hershberger, Ana Bulnes, and Morgane Croissant, as well as MatadorU Writing Faculty Member Mary Sojourner selected 7 …

Peruvian news program in Quechua asserts the use of one of the oldest languages in the world

Quechua, like Greek and Hebrew, is one of the world's ancestral languages that continues being used today. The language is still spoken in much of …

Language

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Just Added Some Sexy Slang

Merriam-Webster just announced more than 1,000 new additions to its dictionary, and a few of them give us new ways (or, really, recognize preexisting ways) to describe what sex, dating, and love are like in 2017.<p>"Even though it seems that the latest slang gets the most attention when dictionaries …

Linguistics

'Binge-watch' and 'humblebrag' among more than 1,000 new words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

Online dictionary Merriam-Webster announced on February 7 that it has added more than 1,000 new words to its catalog, drawing from pop culture, science, foreign languages, sports, medicine, and more.<p>New additions include "humblebrag," "binge-watch," "EVOO" (extra virgin olive oil), "SCOTUS," and …

Linguistics

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds New Definition of ’Shade’

See the new way Merriam-Webster is defining ‘shade’ and educating users on its history.<p>For nearly as long as there's been people, there's been people throwing shade. The colloquialism, of course, was not born on the internet but it's certainly found a larger fanbase in the post-social-media era. …

Linguistics

I'm Luis von Ahn, CEO of Duolingo, and This Is How I Work

Duolingo is a popular language leaning platform that has helped thousands of people develop their multilingual skills for free. Its gamified lessons …

These 10 alluring Italian words have no perfect English translation

As languages go, Italian (and its many varying dialects) has yielded some of the most beautiful-sounding words — in the way the words sing and the …

Why is the Passenger Seat Called "Shotgun"?

We’re taught a lot about proper social behavior growing up, from not chewing with our mouths open to excusing ourselves after a productive burp. But …

Merriam-Webster Just Added These 30 Food Words to the Dictionary

This morning, Merriam-Webster announced it just added a whopping 1,000 new entries to its dictionary. Some of the additions are turns of phrase that have only more recently become part of wider, mainstream cultural vernacular, from "ghosting" to "throwing shade"; others are such phrases as "safe …

Read These 16 Powerful, Important Books Written By Immigrant Authors

Stories of humanity that have come from all over the world.<p>For the moment, justice has put a hold on Donald Trump's executive order preventing people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States. That this order showed prejudice and unwarranted fear of outsiders …

A brief history of Polari: the curious after-life of the dead language for gay men

In early February, the Church of England College expressed regret that in an evening liturgy in Cambridge, God was referred to as the Duchess. The …

24 Afrikaans idioms that are hilarious when translated into English

Last week, we took a look at some Afrikaans words that just can’t be translated directly, with our readers sending in their own suggestions. But it’s …

Americans think the sexiest languages in the world are…German and Dutch

• German<br>• Swedish<br>• Dutch<br>• Norwegian<br>• Italian<br>• Portuguese<br>• French <br>• Japanese<br>• Arabic<br>• Russian<p>Dutch<br>• Arabic<br>• Swedish<br>• Norwegian<br>• Hebrew<br>• Spanish<br>• Russian<br>• Portuguese<br>• French<br>• Italian

Language

“Binge-watch,” “ghost,” and other new dictionary terms that show technology’s slow takeover of our lives

Binge-watching has become so ubiquitous in our lives that the term has been added to the dictionary.<p>Merriam-Webster added “binge-watch”—defined as a transitive verb, meaning, “to watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession”—to its pages today, along with one thousand other …

Language

‘Conlang,’ ‘microaggression’ among Merriam-Webster’s new words

NEW YORK — Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster.<p>In addition to elevating “surreal” in 2016 to word of the …

A linguist explains why translators can't understand Trump

Dr. Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in Academic English at the University of Westminster, told Business Insider that Trump "doesn't use multiple clauses in his sentences," which makes it particularly difficult for translators.<p>He went on to say the most difficult job is "decontextualising Trump's use of …

Language

Merriam Webster has added 1,000 new terms to the dictionary (so no more saying that these aren't real words!)

Big things are happening to the the English language! Merriam-Webster just added 1,000 new words to the dictionary, making sayings like …

Binge-Watch, Truther, FLOTUS Among 1,000 Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Social media spawned many of Tuesday's additions.<p>Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster.<p>In addition to …